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Hi,

I will be a field engineer responsible for cementing for one of the biggest service companies. I have been searching for the career pathway for cementing field engineers but failed to find information. It seems to me that the career pathway for cementing field engineers is dead and not much advancement can be seen in the future. I would like to get into drilling or completions soon or later. Any advice on what I should do?

Besides drilling and completions, what are the other operations that a cementing field engineer can advance based on the experience gained? I am more into the career pathway for a cementing field engineer. Your time and answer is greatly appreciated

Thanks

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The cementing process is an integral part to the well construction process.  The knowledge and experience that you will gain while working in this job role will be used for the rest of your career.  Many people do not realize the importance of designing and obtaining an excellent primary cement job, especially in the production casing section of the well.  The career pathway for someone with this experience is not dead, it is very promising, and once you get this experience under your belt I am sure that you will not have any problems finding many opportunities in many areas of the industry.  In addition to drilling and completions you could look at well integrity management, production operations, interventions, drilling fluids and many more!  Congratulations on your new position!  Learn as much as you can and remember to make it your mission to design and execute each job with great attention to detail and flawless execution!  Good luck!!

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David Traugott

Expertise

I can answer questions related to the technical issues associated with the drilling and completing of oil and gas wells; very familiar with the cementing process, LWD tools and Coiled Tubing operations. Limited knowledge of mineral rights and/or royalties.

Experience

Seventeen years working as an engineer in the industry both in the field and in the office. Field locations include offshore, land, and overseas. Office locations include Lafayette, LA and Houston, TX.

Organizations
SPE, AADE, IADC, API, IEEE, ICoTA

Publications
SPE Drilling and Completion Magazine, World Oil, Harts E&P.

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, UL Lafayette 1995. Strategic MBA, University of Houston-Victoria 2010

Past/Present Clients
Major and Independent Oil and Gas Companies.

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